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11 New Baby Products You'll Want in 2019

From compact double strollers to a rocking travel crib!

11 New Baby Products You'll Want in 2019

It’s that time of year again -- a couple of weeks ago, most of the major baby brands gathered in Las Vegas for the annual ABC Kids Expo to show what's to come in 2019. And let us tell you: 2019 is going to be good and full of smart, compact and good looking products! We've rounded up 11 of our favorite products coming out in 2019.

1. Nuna Cudl Carrier, Februrary 2019. There’s a new baby carrier on the market, and it’s from one of the most trusted brands out there, Nuna! The Cudl is a four-position carrier that is made from breathable mesh material and is suitable for newborn without an infant insert. But what’s super cool about this carrier…instead of buckles, it uses magnet closures, making it super easy to get baby in and out!

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2. Uppababy Knox Convertible Car Seat, Summer 2019. Last year, Uppababy announced their first compact stroller; and this year, it’s their first convertible car seat! A simple seat belt installation with an indicator that turns green when it’s secure takes all the guess work out of installing the Knox correctly. And it comes loaded with safety features like Advanced Side Impact Protection and SIP Absorbing Pods.

3. Beaba Babycook Neo, available now! The beloved Beaba Babycook is now more eco-friendly! The Babycook Neo is the newest in a long line of Beaba baby food makers, and the newest version replaces the plastic with stainless-steel and glass containers.

4. Clek Liing Infant Car Seat, early 2019. The Liing includes a European Belt Path so you can install in a cab no problem, and the rigid-LATCH system provides secure and effortless installation with your vehicle’s built-in LATCH anchors. Compatible with most strollers with Maxi-Cosi adapters, the car seat has various fabric options (including the temperature-regulating merino wool) that are free of brominated and chlorinated flame-retardants.

5. Diono Traverze Twin Stroller, May 2019. Just like the Traverze single stroller, the twin version has a true one-handed open and fold, the Traverse Twin Stroller is going to make the lives of moms of two much, much easier. With independent seats that have a deep recline and large canopies, this is a double stroller to get excited about! 

6. Doona Liki Trike, early 2019. Finally, a trike that’s built for urban kiddos! The Liki Trike grows with your child from 10-36 months and has a super compact fold, so it’s perfect for both apartment living and tossing in the trunk for a weekend at grandma’s house! 

7. Vianetic Diaper Bag, available now! This diaper bag is packed with so many features but here’s what’s important to know. The Vianetic Diaper Bag’s thoughtful design is built for parents on the go. Most impressive is the built-in diaper changing station that opens with one hand in seconds flat. 

8. Halo DreamNest, available late December 2018. The Halo DreamNest is a 3-in-1 sleep system that can be used from birth until your child hits 30lbs so it’s like purchasing a bassinet, travel crib and travel cot all at once. But there’s more…the bassinet can also rock with the attachment of the SimpleSway Rocker.

9. Veer Basecamp, December 2018. Not only compact and lightweight, the Veer Basecamp is super simple to open and close. So no more wrestling with the tent mama! Even better, it attaches to the side of the Veer Cruiser!

10. CollapseAndGo Bottles, November 2018. Baby bottles that collapse is now a thing, and we’re left wondering, how did it take this long? This bottle is easy to throw in the diaper bag, tip-proof, grows with your baby and is made with 100% food-grade silicone that is both dishwasher-safe and mold-resistant! 

11. Baby Jogger City Tour 2 Double Stroller, May 2019.  Joining Diono in the trend of compact double strollers, Baby Jogger is going to launch their new City Tour 2 double stroller. The new pram offers premium features, like adjustable calf support, a UV50+ canopy and a near flat recline. It accommodates children from birth up to 33 pounds.

This is how we’re defining success this school year

Hint: It's not related to grades.

In the ever-moving lives of parents and children, opportunities to slow down and reflect on priorities can be hard to come by. But a new school year scheduled to begin in the midst of a global pandemic offers the chance to reflect on how we should all think about measures of success. For both parents and kids, that may mean putting a fresh emphasis on optimism, creativity and curiosity.

Throughout recent decades, "school success" became entangled with "academic achievement," with cases of anxiety among school children dramatically increasing in the past few generations. Then, almost overnight, the American school system was turned on its head in the spring of 2020. As we look ahead to a new school year that will look like no year past, more is being asked of teachers, students and parents, such as acclimating to distance learning, collaborating with peers from afar and aiming to maintain consistency with schooling amidst general instability due to COVID.

Despite the inherent challenges, there is also an overdue opportunity to redefine success during the school year by finding fresh ways to keep students and their parents involved in the learning process.

"I always encourage my son to try at least one difficult thing every school year," says Arushi Garg, parenting blogger and mom of a 4-year-old. "This challenges him but also allows me to remind him to be optimistic! Lots of things in life are hard, and it's important we learn to be positive during difficult times. Fostering a sense of optimism allows kids to push beyond what they thought possible, like biking without training wheels or reading above their grade level."

Here are a few mantras to keep in mind this school year:

Quality learning matters more than quantifying learning

After focusing on standardized measures of academic success for so long, the learning environment this next school year may involve more independent, remote learning. Some parents are considering this an exciting opportunity for their children to assume a bigger role in what they are learning—and parents are also getting on board by supporting their children's education with engaging, positive learning materials like Highlights Magazine.

As a working mom, Garg also appreciates that Highlights Magazine can help engage her son while she's also working. She says, "He sits next to me and solves puzzles in the magazine or practices his writing from the workbook."

Keep an open mind as "school" looks different

Whether children are of preschool age or in the midst of high school, "going to school" is bound to look different this year. Naturally, this may require some adjustment as kids become accustomed to new guidelines. Although many parents may wish to shelter our kids from challenges, others believe optimism can be fostered through adversity when everyone is committed to adapting to new experiences.

"Honestly, I am yet to figure out when I will be comfortable sending [my son] back [to school]," says Garg. In the meantime, she's helping her son remain connected with friends who also read Highlights Magazine by encouraging the kids to talk about what they are learning on video calls.

Follow children's cues about what interests them

For Garg, her biggest hope for this school year is that her son will create "success" for himself by embracing new learning possibilities with positivity.

"Encouraging my son to try new things has given him a chance to prove that he can do anything," she says. "He takes his previous success as an example now and feels he can fail multiple times before he succeeds."

There's no denying that this school year will be far from the norm. But, perhaps, we can create a new, better way of defining our children's success in school because of it.

This article was sponsored by Highlights. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Motherly and mamas.

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